As promised in my previous post recapping PTA Live, I’m here to discuss the problems with binge reading and why it’s important to slow down with our reading especially in this media focused world of “the next Hunger Games” or “the next Must-Read YA”
For bloggers and readers it’s important to remember why you started reading in the first place. For me, it was a hobby, it was about discovering the next adventure, meeting new characters, learning life lessons.
For me, it was a hobby
However, as I entered the blogging-world and even prior to that what with Goodreads and Twitter and local bookstores beginning to promote “The next Hunger Games” I found myself getting caught up in this cycle of the next book and the next and the next….
You get so caught up in focusing on the future, the next book you’re going to read or the next series you HAVE to get onto because the whole universe is raving about.
You forget to appreciate the book you’re currently reading because I guarantee you it’s as a piece of art as the book you’re planning to read next
Take a moment to focus on your current read. Forget social media or mass advertisements. Read at your own pace. Block out the distractions.
And here’s the deal, books are eternal, they’re in print forever, it’s not like the next 5 million copies of Mockingjay are going to vanish into nothingness just because the last movie is out and it’s all over. It’s going to be here forever. You have all the time in the world to read all these books so don’t rush
I’m currently stuck in the cycle of “the next book” too and you’ll find that reading seems like a chore in this cycle so this post is as much for me as it is for you!
Jeann @ Happy Indulgence did a much ore articulated post on a similar topic which you should definitely check out!
This was my third consecutive year attending PTA Live which is scary and reminds me I’m getting old however, as always I was left with many books to add onto my TBR pile and some awesome YA news.
Firstly, PTA discussed a very important point about how reading isn’t a race and how we should all take a step back and remember why we started reading in the first place, especially bloggers. A detailed discussion post is coming very soon, like TOMORROW soon.
Btw I’m doing blogmas which involves a new blog post everyday so stick around folks
Upcoming YA Titles in 2016
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead- It’s based off a reality show I can’t recall the name of but oh love me some court life.
The Last Star by Rick Yancey- The EPIC EPIC finale to an amazing series
Half Lost by Sally Green- Another epic finale in the Half Bad trilogy
YA Squad 2016
Ya Squad 2016 is basically a movement to promote local Australian authors which I’m very keen about. These authors should be going on tour and coming to your city sometime in 2016. They’ll be promoting their books listed below which all sound AWESOME
Yellow by Megan Jacobson- I’ve got the ARC for this one and it sounds SO interesting. Time travel thriller come my way
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis- the fact that it’s going to explore young boys growing up and societal aspects of that has me very curious
I ventured upon this tag watching Priscilla from The Readables, she’s queen and so I went on a mission to find book related objects I owned.
It came as no surprise to me that I don’t own many since I’m basically broke from buying too many books to have money left over to buy book related merch. But here goes nothing
1. The Fault in Our Stars double sided poster.
I got this at a Penguin Teen Event and the other side basically says: Okay? Okay. I don’t know if you can notice but there’s a rip on the bottom left, basically it’s above my bed and it fell on me at 4 am and I wasn’t too pleased so I smacked it aside and accidentally ripped it.
2. Hunger Games magnetic bookmarks.
These go way back when I initially started reading The Hunger Games. I don’t use them often but they’re cute and I like the quotes on the back!
3. The Mortal Instruments Artwork
This came with my copy of City of Heavenly Fire and as soon as I lay eyes on it I was blown away, it is so cool! it’s like Manga and it features all the main characters. Isabelle (second left) especially looks badass in this.
4. Book Depository bookmarks!
So basically Book Depository is the Holy Grail of online book shopping. It’s worldwide free shipping and every time you purchase a book you get a couple free bookmarks. Recently they’ve been using bookmarks created by book buyers all over the world and it’s a great creative outlet I think.
5. Penguin Tote Bags
I acquired these again at a Penguin Teen Event (those are just awesome). They’re so beautiful and useful too!
6. Game of Thrones phone case
I am honestly so bummed this is the only Game of Thrones merch I have but hey one day. Yes, it’s the Targaryen Dragons because Daenerys is my girl crush and I’m rooting for her.
7. Crash Course Chemistry Poster
I’m not sure if this counts but I still want to show it off! If you’re not aware Crash Course is an educational web series run by Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green. It is literally the only reason I pass school and I decided, about time I have a MASSIVE Periodic Table in my room so!
8. Blood of Olympus SIGNED poster
My most prized possession! at least one of my most prized possessions. A Blood of Olympus SIGNED poster yes! It is honestly my greatest achievement in life and words cannot describe my love for the Percy Jackson books.
Here’s a close up for those who don’t believe me.
So Yeah it’s there
That concludes the bookish things I own Tag. I love how every little thing I showed you has a story behind it. I’d love to know about any merch you own (it’s probs more than mine) so I TAG YOU!
I’ve been inspired by the book blogging community to create a book related bucket list. Why? you ask?. Well I’m a professional list maker and nothing satisfies me more than having everything crossed off my lists. And I don’t mind the accompanying feeling of accomplishment either.
In no particular order here are my bookish goals I’d like to accomplish sometime in my future.
Meet my favorite authors, in particular:
And many many more!
Have 200 followers on my blog (I know ambitious) I’m currently sitting on 97 so spread the word!
Get a physical ARC for review. Praise the lords above if this actually happens, ever.
Be president of a book club.
Go to a book conference. There have been several in Australia but school gets in the way. Surely one day.
Read all works by Jane Austen- I’ve currently only read Pride and Prejudice, I know shame.
Read all Sherlock Holmes stories
Have a book-themed wedding, much like this one:
This is the most cutest and adorkable thing ever! AHHH cue he feels. More pictures at
Read my way through the Penguin 100 classics with their beautiful covers
Read a book in French- I began Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone but quickly gave up after a headache.
Visit 10 antique libraries around the world
Own a first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice and To Kill a Mockingbird.
On the theme of To Kill a Mockingbird I want to actually finish the movie for once- I’ve tried twice but Black and White doesn’t hold my fancy for long sorry
Visit locations in a book- this might actually be happening in the near future. Just stay tuned “wink”
Go to Comic-Con and meet at least one Game of Thrones character
Visit one Game of Thrones exhibition
Yep. That is my book related bucket list. I personally find it lame but hey a little ambition never hurt anybody. I’m gonna be updating this list, you know adding things, crossing off and I recommend you make one too! It’ll be interesting to see all the things we achieve.
It’s that time of the year again. Fairy lights, trees, Christmas movies and an endless list of people to buy gifts for.
Fear not because I am here to make your job easier. Compiled below is a list of books categorized by genre that upon my recommendation you can give to anyone and they will kiss your feet. Because these books are just that good, they’re worth it. I have read all of the following and I have a reputation for only recommending the best.
Also Happy Summer Solstice to all my fellow Southern Hemisphere peeps!
Do note that most of these books are young adult but everyone can read them because putting an age on a book is not on.
I hear this is most people’s favorite genre, not mine but most people’s.
How do you like the sound of love in Paris, San Francisco and Manhattan paired with YA’s most swoon worthy boys? If this tingles your hormones then you have to check out Stephanie Perkins’ range of companion novels. Beautiful covers are a must too!
Not into reading series? How do you like the sound of an emotionally powerful stand alone that has the most beautiful love story? You.Need.To.Read.This
This is one genre I never knew I could appreciate as much as I have. Packed with just the right amount of action, thrill and drama these novels create a healthy blend of future swag and some of the best characters. One of them is even becoming a movie!
Look out for mega movie mania in 2016 when this hits the cinemas:
For the series lovers I’ve picked out The Lunar Chronicles. This takes fairy tales to a whole new level. Some of your favorite princesses such as Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel return as Cyborgs, genius hackers and farm girls who deliver goods in hovercrafts. yep.
I absolutely freakingly had to put this one in. This has been hands down one of my top ten this year. If you love a good plot twist you have got to get your hands on this book. It is seriously underrated I believe and we need to create more hype!
My most unexpected favorite. I have read so many truly epic books this year and you need to join the band wagon. Don’t be intimidated. You just need to embrace the coolness.
When I say fantasy what is the first thing that comes to mind?
If you said Lord of the Rings we can’t be friends. Jks. But Game of Thrones. Some classic fantasy right there. You’ve probably watched the show but the books are more extensive and they’re just books. We all love books.
NOTE: There is an extremely pretty box set of Game of Thrones in Dymmocks Australia but I can’t seem to find it online. It has like the scenery of Westeros and it’s paperback. If anyone can find it online please let me know, I’ll give you virtual lollies. 🙂
Adding onto the Game of Thrones. Fancy a history lesson in Westeros paired with amazing artwork?
It just hit the shelves in October so you can be like one of the first and the coolest people to get it.
You can’t be a reader without having read at least one classic in your life. Well to ease your pain of reading ancient English I present to you these beautiful covers!
I am a lunatic for abstract covers so these caught my eye immediately. There are hundreds of novels in these type of designs and for the purpose of looking pretty on your bookshelf I suggest you get them!
Of course I can’t write a recommendation post without giving a shoutout to my favorite author. Queue the John Green feels.
This box set is like the best thing you could get or give someone for Christmas. The ultimate John Green set has most of his novels: The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska
There you have it! Only the best gift recommendations from Infinityreads. I hope this helps you choose presents for yourself or others and I sure hope you have a very Merry Christmas 🙂